Chas McCormick, a Henderson High School graduate and outfielder for the Corpus Christi Hooks, the Double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, saw his remarkable catch last week go viral, writes Dan Reiner for MILB.com.
Running full speed, McCormick leaped and crashed into the four-foot wall in right field during a game in Tulsa. The outfielder flipped over the fence due to the impact, but he nonetheless managed to hold onto the ball.
The play was No. 2 on that night’s SportsCenter Top 10, and the video soon went viral on Twitter.
McCormick, who played collegiately at Millersville, woke up to hundreds of text messages and Twitter mentions.
“It was pretty surreal,” he said. “I made that catch and immediately thought that could be a Top 10 play.”
The former Division II star has been rising fast through the Astros’ system thanks to his stellar play in the outfield.
“We have a really good outfield, but knowing Chas is over there, I can cheat over a little bit more to certain hitters because I know he has range,” said Ronnie Dawson, McCormick’s fellow outfielder.
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